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Empower offering jobs to those impacted by COVID-19

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Tue, Mar 17th 2020 01:50 pm

People who have lost their jobs or had their work hours cut because of business closings related to COVID-19 are invited to interview for temporary direct care positions at Empower.

The not-for-profit organization is looking for additional help to support people with disabilities living in sites in Niagara Falls, Lewiston, the Town of Niagara, Sanborn and Lockport.

Open interviews will be held at Empower’s administrative offices at 9812 Lockport Road, Town of Niagara, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday, March 19-20.

Prospective job seekers may also apply in person at Empower’s administrative offices or apply online at: http://empower-wny.org/about/careers/.

A press release stated, “Direct support professionals (DSPs) are dedicated to helping individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities live safe, fulfilling lives. Individuals with developmental disabilities are reliant on DSPs for basic care, getting out into the community and ensuring their choices and needs are met. It is hands-on and rewarding work in which DSPs and the people they serve get to know one another well, and become close.

Starting pay is $11.80 per hour. Positions involve working at one of Empower’s group homes.

“If you have a caring nature and are looking to make a difference, come join our team,” Empower CEO Jeff Paterson said. “DSPs do important work. They are the first-line caregivers to people with intellectual or developmental disabilities, and ensure that we as an agency are fulfilling our mission to help people to live their best lives.”

Each year, Empower helps 1,000 people with and without disabilities through a variety of programs and services. With 300 employees and a $14 million budget, Empower is one of Western New York’s 60 largest nonprofit organizations. The administrative offices, preschool and community clinic are located on Lockport Road in the Town of Niagara. The job training and day programs division is based in the Town of Niagara and in the Town of Wheatfield, while residential facilities are located throughout Niagara County. Licensed by the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities and the New York State Education Department, Empower is an affiliate of the Cerebral Palsy Associations of New York State.

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